North Korean Board of Longevity
Background Guide Coming in Dec. 2018
My name is Neil Ming and I am incredibly honored and excited to serve as your chair for the North Korean Board of Longevity. Currently, I am a sophomore at majoring in Molecular Cell Biology and minoring in Environmental Economics and Policy at UC Berkeley. This will be my sixth year doing Model UN and my second in UCBMUN. After being the vice chair of a historical JCC committee last year, I look forward to the opportunity and challenge of looking forward the future of North Korea with this committee. With each year of MUN and each tournament I participate in, I find myself leaning more knowledge of current events, lessons in diplomacy, and necessary international awareness and in our modern era of globalization. North Korea, specifically, holds a large importance internationally and its relationship with other countries continues to change. I am excited to learn about your own perspectives on our topic and working with you all soon. If you have any questions about the committee or characters, please feel free to reach out to me.
There was an eight year old girl in North Korea who one day crossed a bridge to go play with her friends. When she was returning home that same evening, she found the bridge burned down and no way for her to get back home. For a girl who did not know anything about politics, the fire burning down the bridge became her signal for the start of the Korean War, and a rude awakening of the reality between North and South Korea. She ran away and took refuge in South Korea and has been living her life there. She eventually got married and gave birth to a baby boy in South Korea; who later on would grow up to become my father.
Although I was born and grew up in South Korea, my self-proclaimed identity has never included a title 'North' or 'South.' I am a Korean, and the blood in my veins knows no direction.
My name is Moojin Park, and I'm excited as much as I feel honored to serve as your Crisis Director for the North Korean Board of Longevity in UCBMUN XXIII. Topic of North Korea has always had a special place in my heart, and I'm glad to be selected to partake in this committee. I am a senior majoring in Legal Studies, and my hobbies include watch collecting, buying, selling, and repairing -- a self-proclaimed horologist in making if you will. I also like solving Rubik's Cube, and my best time so far is 50 seconds. Other than Model United Nation, I volunteer weekly at Cleveland Elementary School in Oakland mentoring students, and every summer and winter break I work as an English Camp instructor at a local high school near my home back in South Korea. I hope to one day become a teacher or a professor in Korea who always wears a bomb watch, solves rubik's cube while waiting for the students to settle down, and become one of those teachers/professors who greatly influences their students and have their name remembered for lifetime. After that I want to become a politician to tear down the entire education system in my home country -- the system that's responsible for giving us the #1 rating among developed nations when it comes to (student) suicide rate -- before reforming my country. But that's a story for another time because I'm no story-teller.
I look forward to meeting you all.